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support of Tiger and Goliath tanks, artillery and flame-throwers—after
two weeks of attack it achieved its target.
The Times gave a further dispatch from Lieutenant J. Ward,, the British
airman in Warsaw, sent on September 2 :—
"In spite of lack of ammunition and weapons, the troops of the Polish
Home Army continue to hold all their positions intact with the exception of
the Old Town. Here the enemy attacks have been so fierce—air bombing,
artillery—that it has been impossible for the Polish troops to hold on. In
some places they have been forced to surrender some ruins to the enemy.
There is now not a single undamaged house in the Old Town. Nothing
remains but ruins and debris, among which here and there stand fragments
of walls not yet levelled to the ground. Streets no longer exist.
" The Old Town covered a small area and had narrow, winding streets.
The density of the population was very high—about 100,000 people, which
increased rapidly as thousands of refugees came from other districts. About
half this population have been wounded or killed. Almost every soldier,
if not killed, has received a wound of some sort. The population which is
still in the Old Town shelter in cellars under the ruins, which offer almost
no protection against enemy attacks. Hence it is that these cellars often
become collective graves for the hundreds who sought shelter there.
" In the other parts of the city the Germans are continuing their periodical
air, artillery and mine-thrower attacks. . . . The list of casualties mounts
daily. It is impossible to calculate yet just how high the losses of life are.
All Polish military prisoners who fall into German hands are murdered."
On September -4, Lieutenant John Ward wired again to The Times.,
but this telegram was not published :—
" To-day is the thirty-fifth day of the battle for the Polish Capital, a city
with a population of 1,300,000 people. During those thirty-five days no
food has reached Warsaw. Rations are already very short, in many places
people are starving . . . the small children receive no milk . . . The people
here listen with hungry envy to the liberation of Paris after four days of
fighting. They heard that the British Army rushed thousands of tons of
the medical supplies to the French population. Warsaw during the first
few days of the uprising received some such needed help in form of ammuni-
tion dropped by the R.A.F., but for past two or three weeks had received no
relief whatsoever.
cf Poland is our oldest ally. Despite all she has suffered at the hands of
the German invaders, she has remained always an active power against the
enemy . . . Poland is a country which I, as an Englishman, am proud to call
an Ally. She produced no government to co-operate with the Germans,
The only Government she has acknowledged is the one in exile in London.
To end, I would like to make an appeal to the British nation. It is short:—
* Help for Warsaw/
On September 7, Dziennik Polski in London wrote with bitterness :—
" The Old Town district of Warsaw has fallen after thirty-four days of
heroic fighting. It has fallen because our Allies have not managed in
thirty-seven days to organise help for the garrison of Warsaw, and her
population, who are making almost inhuman sacrifices. The Old Town of
Warsaw has fallen ! It has fallen saturated in the blood of the most noble
of those fighting for freedom. And it was not as if help could not have
reached them in time, when thousands of Allied aircraft were dropping
weapons throughout the length and breadth of Europe, giving them un-